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Dyson Award-Winning SafetyNet Prevents Overfishing by Guiding Small Fish to Freedom With LED Lights
Posted By Andrew Goodwin On November 12, 2012 @ 6:26 pm In Environment,Gallery,Green Products,Innovation,Sustainable Food | 1 Comment
Royal College of Arts graduate Dan Watson  has developed a brilliant sustainable fishing net with luminous exit portals that allow endangered and young fish to escape so that they can fully mature. Watson calls his design the SafetyNet, and the project was recently awarded with £10,000 for taking first place in the 2012 James Dyson Awards .
According to Watson, “The goal of the SafetyNet system is to make commercial fishing more sustainable by significantly decreasing the numbers of non-target and juvenile fish caught during the trawling process.” A series of LED-illuminated portals are woven throughout the SafetyNet to guide small fish out, and an on-board kinetic energy harvesting system ensures that the lights shine brightly without the need for batteries.
Since graduating from the department of Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Arts  in London, Watson has gone on to start the company SafteyNet Technologies  to commercialize the fishing net. Watson received a £10,000 prize for winning the James Dyson Award, which will go towards the development of further prototypes. The beauty of the award is that the Royal College of Arts’ Innovation Design Engineering  department also received £10,000!
Dyson became a household name by inventing a bag-less vacuum cleaner, and his success has made the Dyson Vacuum a household name. The James Dyson Award  is organized by the James Dyson Foundation with the simple task to “Design something that solves a problem.” We wish Watson all the best as he continues his journey to protect the future of our oceans and commercial fishing
Via Dezeen 
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URLs in this post:
 Dan Watson: http://dan-watson.co.uk/
 2012 James Dyson Awards: http://www.jamesdysonaward.org/
 Royal College of Arts: http://www.rca.ac.uk/
 SafteyNet Technologies: http://www.sntech.co.uk/
 Royal College of Arts’ Innovation Design Engineering: http://www.rca.ac.uk/Default.aspx?ContentID=160473&CategoryID=36692
 Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2012/11/08/sustainable-fishing-net-wins-james-dyson-award/
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